Microsoft Launches Student Advantage Program

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Microsoft announced yesterday the launch of their worldwide Student Advantage program. This initiative brings the Microsoft Office 365 suite to students for free whom attend schools that already license Microsoft Office 365 for their faculty and staff.

The majority of schools already use Microsoft Office which is great news for this program. Microsoft estimates that over 35,000 educational institutions are currently eligible for the Student Advantage program. Besides having zero-cost, having this program in place is great since Microsoft Office skills are much needed among students in today’s high-tech world.

Every student should look into this new Student Advantage Program since you’re getting critical software for free. Find out today if your’re eligible by seeing if your school licenses Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus.

The End of Windows XP

Windows-XP-End-of-SupportWindows XP has had a long run but sadly its reached the end of its Microsoft support cycle. Microsoft will be ending all support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8th 2014. The operating system was originally launched back in 2001 following the short-lived Windows 2000.

If you’re still utilizing Windows XP and haven’t upgraded yet then you’re behind. Mainstream support for XP ended in 2009 and now the extended support still offered is coming to an end in 2014. This means there will be no more security updates, automatic fixes, or technical assistance. If you upgrade to Windows 8 you won’t have to worry about that support ending until 2023. The time to upgrade is now especially with Black Friday and Holiday special deals right around the corner.

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